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Toyota AE86 Corolla GTS
Posted Monday, December 3, 2007

We test out an AE86 coupe in the canyons of Arizona. This being the first time that either of us have driven this car with any real intention, we quickly find out what all of the hype is about. With a small 1.6 liter engine, and a fully tuned suspension this car manages to make short work of the canyons....
 
Firebird Open Drift
Posted Monday, August 11, 2008

We showed up at an open drift event to see the local scene and run Allen's Corolla through it's paces. ...
 
In the Niche: (Part 2)
Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Allen: I spent all night working on this. Here's the list in order of importance to me: 1. Rear Wheel Drive (Limited Slip differential should be an option.) 2. 28 mpg (Preferably, a 4 cylinder) 3. Around or Under $25,000 4. Manual Transmission 5. Must be classified as a compact and have 2 doors. All of the other options I can live with. A Turbocharger would be a great option but is not necessary (See "F** Front Wheel Drives and you will get an idea of what makes a Turbo great.) You might be wondering at this point if any car like this ever existed? The answer is yes. Most cars produced up until the 1980s were rear wheel drive. The production of front wheel drives came into play in the mid-1980s due to cost. They can produce a front wheel drive compact cheaper then a rear...
 
Drifter's Do it Sideways! (Why I like drifting.)
Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Drifting has become this rapidly growing racing sport around the world. There are national circuits for the United States as well as open drift days for the average driver to test his or her skills. But why is it so popular? What makes it better then just normal racing? Well I intend to tell you why I like it so much and I can only hope that most people who enjoy drifting will agree with me. First off let me explain what drifting is. Drifting is getting your car sideways or over steering it and doing it with style. What I mean by style is plenty of tire smoke and good angle. But that is not what makes drifting attractive to me. Drifting is attractive to me because it takes away the element of money (to an extent you still have to have some money for repairs, tires, etc.)....
 
Drifter's Do it Sideways!
Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How to Initial your D... "Drifting" is basically defined as a controlled slide, and it can only really be accomplished in a Rear-Wheel (RWD) or All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) vehicles that are rear wheel biased. There are many techniques to accomplishing drifting around corners all resulting in oversteer. The first and easiest way to get your car sideways is by using the emergency brake. Many front-wheel-drive car owners use this, however, it is hard to keep the drift going. That is where the RWD comes into play. Next is the Braking drift which is accomplished by braking hard before and during a turn with a combination of steering and accelerator inputs causing the rear wheels to loose their grip. What is happening here is that when you brake the weight is thrown forwards onto your...
 
My Grown-Up Christmas List
Posted Monday, December 24, 2007

I was thinking on my way to work about what I would like to have if money was never an issue. Since it is the season for gifts we figured Austin and would write our Christmas lists out and explain why we want what we want. I believe most of the stuff on my list pertains to vehicles, speed or various things having to do with elements of this site. Allen: 1. A Red Rider Double Pump Action BB gun. Why? Duh, haven't you seen A Christmas Story? Besides I can shoot out tires on Austin's Sentra. And no, won't shoot my eye out. (Austin: I grew up with one of these. Good luck killing a bird with it. It's hard.) I'm not trying to kill a bird, just shoot out your tires... 2. This one is a triple whammy. A monster truck, Lotus Exige, and Toyota Prius. The Toyota Prius is for my sister...
 
How I Handle Envy
Posted Monday, March 10, 2008

For the past couple of months, while I have been waiting / trying to get my bike fixed, I have been borrowing Allen's 240sx. To be totally honest and totally clear, this car is pretty much rice. The paint is bad, there is a big dent in the front corner (a standard on these cars), the lights no longer go down, it has an exhaust that battles with the jets at the airpark, and it is lowered. One thing that doesn't really count but is worth noting is that it is NOT front-wheel-drive. It is at this point that I should also note that Allen didn't just lower it but completely redid his suspension from the ground up and that he also added a LSD to it so it is pretty easy and ready to drift (a fun rainy day event) While I was driving today I see a car in my rear view mirror creeping up. I...
 
The Basics: LSD stands for Limited Slip Differential
Posted Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tonight I was driving home late and it was raining. I have a rear wheel drive car but I don't have a limited slip differential (or LSD). This is an annoying set of circumstances. As a layman, I only need to kind of know what an LSD is and how it works. In a car there is a point at which the axles meet together in conjunction with the drive shaft. The drive shaft comes directly from the transmission and is spinning. The differential then transfers the power to the axles and gets the wheels turning. Essentially, the inside tire is supposed to turn slower or at a different speed than the outside tire during a turn, hence "differential".  This action allows the vehicle to make a smooth turn. Now in a standard run-of-the-mill differential, if one tire does not have grip then all of the...
 
Barrett Jackson Drift Demonstration
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2009

At Barrett-Jackson this year (and years past) Ford and Falken do pretty slick drift demonstration with Vaughn Gittin, Jr. We snuck past the rails and took some video. This isn't super long as we took out most of the boring stuff. ...